Meet the MD: Bryan Hoare of BQ

To kick off the new BQ 'Meet the MD' campaign, we spoke to BQ Magazine's own managing director, Bryan Hoare, about his managerial career so far.

Describe your role in no more than 100 words.

As MD I’m responsible for starting, establishing and continuing to grow BQ as a leading national brand that is recognised for celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship. My role involves working with our team of editors, journalists and designers to deliver inspirational content across a range of media reaching our audience of over 160,000 business readers in-print and online across the UK. I also provide support to our business development teams across the UK who are responsible for managing our corporate and commercial business partnerships.


What is it the company does?

As a publisher we profile and tell the stories of entrepreneurial, engaging and ambitious business people across the UK to provide inspiration to others. We do this through a quarterly business magazine, daily online business intelligence and news service as well as through numerous events. I work with a fantastically talented and dedicated team all of whom are helping us to achieve our goal to celebrate and inspire entrepreneurship.


What do you believe makes a great leader?

Someone who has an exemplary character and is passionate about what they do. A great leader is capable of inspiring others, is confident and committed to excellence. For me leadership is all about how you carry people along getting them to believe in themselves and their capabilities.


What has been your biggest challenge in your current position?

I think the biggest challenge in our market is to how to retain and grow our audience as the publishing landscape changes. Digital publishing presents many opportunities and it’s the way in which we embrace technology to deliver content intelligently that will make the difference.


How do you alleviate the stress that comes with your job?

I enjoy taking time out with the family and my little boy as well as enjoying the outdoors. I firmly believe if you enjoy what you do then stress is only a bi-product of certain situations or circumstances. We all get stressed occasionally but it’s how you manage it that’s important - particularly when others can feed off your emotions.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Would you believe at one point I wanted to be a farmer. I was lucky enough to grow up in a farming village when I was younger. For me there was nothing better than spending a summer evening helping to bring in the silage or hay from the fields.


Any pet hates in the workplace?

Negativity is probably my biggest bug bear. We all face challenges on a daily basis but it's how you approach them that counts.


Where do you see the company in five years time?

We’ll be seen as a leading UK publisher of inspirational content and business information and a supporter of entrepreneurship. We’ll be reaching a highly engaged audience of ambitious people who are making a difference to the UK economy, and we’ll be playing our part in raising the aspirations of those starting, growing and succeeding in business.


What advice would you give to an aspiring business leader?

I would say start by building a great team and treat everyone with the respect they deserve. Believe in your ability to make things happen and inspire others to follow your lead. Above all else enjoy what you do.


Where did you start your career?

My first job was as a junior banking clerk for the TSB in the late eighties as a teenager before it merged with Lloyds Banking Group. This was more a case of following in my father’s footsteps at the time as he was in financial services but I very soon realised it wasn’t for me!


Give us a brief timeline of your career so far:

1990-93 Teesside University graduating with a First Class BA Hons in Design & Marketing
1994-97 Marketing Manager for Chartered Surveyors in Newcastle upon Tyne
1998-2008 Marketing Director for multi-disciplinary law firm based across North of England
2008 to date Co-founder of Room501 Publishing